Writer-producer Dana Baratta, known for projects like Dawson’s Creek, Jessica Jones, and Good Behavior and a close collaborator with producer Melissa Rosenberg, died at the age of 59 on Sunday. After a year-long struggle with ovarian cancer, her family confirmed Baratta’s death.
Baratta, born in a small town in Maine, began her film and television career with the 1994 film Andre, a George Miller-directed family drama. As an author, co-producer, and writer, Baratta wore a variety of hats in the picture.
She was 59 years old.
She discovered Dawson’s Creek in 1998, the first of several TV shows she would write and produce for. For the WB series that launched the careers of James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, and others, she wrote seven scripts.
Her next gig on the TV series in Providence, NBC’s Emmy-winning John Masius romance drama. She produced 13 episodes for the series and even wrote one.
Baratta worked up the ladder in the early 2000s and eventually became a supervising North Shore producer, then a co-executive producer for series including Cracking Up, Runaway, and Life Is Wild. She had an acting credit in the 2000 indie hit Chuck & Buck by Miguel Areta, too. Baratta started her partnership with Rosenberg on Red Widow, which they co-executive produced, after working as executive producer on Shonda Rhimes’Private Practice. In 2015, the two would reunite to co-executive produce Jessica Jones of Netflix’s Marvel series; Baratta wrote three episodes.
🇺🇸 Estados Unidos Murió [Dana Baratta] fue una escritora y productora de programas como Dawson’s Creek, Private Practice, Jessica Jones, Providence, Pasadena, Cracking Up, The Secret Circle y recientemente, Good Behavior de TNT, murió a los 59 años de cáncer de ovario. pic.twitter.com/VIBl5jIZGP